Isn’t this pudding gorgeous? It’s such a breath of fresh air in the middle of winter. And you can make it in less than 10 minutes. I kid you not! To get the recipe for this insanely healthy pudding, visit The Balanced Platter.
Now…let’s talk digestion, shall we?
I haven’t talked about the personal side of my health in a while, so I thought I’d share a little bit about how things are going. Keep scrolling if you want to get to today’s check-in VIDEO!
I’ve considered the past few years of my life to be “healing years.” After a lot of damage from gluten and dairy, my entire system was a wreck around the time I started this blog. It took a good year or two before I gained back some of the weight I’d lost (I’ve written about that process here and here), and even longer before I started feeling like my digestion was normal again.
Since regaining the healthy weight and eating a whole foods-based gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free diet, I’ve experienced major positive changes in my health. Overall, I would say that my digestion is good, my energy levels are great, and my relationship with food is well balanced.
Ah, the inevitable but!
Our bodies are not static vessels. They change on a daily (even hourly!) basis and so we must adapt with their ever-changing needs. In the past six months or so, I’ve noticed some significant changes in my own health:
- For the first time in several years, I’ve had disrupted sleep. This is very unusual for me. I’m normally out cold the minute my head hits the pillow and I don’t wake up at all unless I’ve had too much water to drink before bed.
- I feel more stressed. I’ve turned little things into enormous things that have no business being such energy drainers. I’ve got to get the bottom of why.
- My skin is not as clear. I’ve dealt with acne for quite a few years, but it’s never been horrible. In the past few months, despite a clean and healthy diet, it seems to have worsened.
Noticing these health changes has motivated me to get to the bottom of why they’re happening. Is it something I’m doing, something I’m not doing, an outside influence? I’m pretty certain that the problems are rooted in three “realms,” if you will:
- The food realm (what I’m eating and drinking)
- The digestive realm (how my body is processing what I’m eating and drinking)
- The emotional/spiritual realm (how my emotions are playing into it all)
A few days ago, I decided to commit to what I’m loosely terming a “healing protocol.” I’m sick of feeling like I’m just the unlucky person with “problem skin” or the gluten intolerant person who’s digestion has never fully healed. It’s about time I put to rest these nagging issues…once and for all!
Even though I’m not experiencing any digestive symptoms, I believe that malfunctioning digestion is at the root of just about every health issue known to man. If digestion isn’t in tip top shape, any number of other issues can arise (skin problems, sleep disruption, nutrient malabsorption, etc.), which is why I’m making sure to really focus on it as a part of my healing protocol.
So what does this healing protocol look like?
I plan to outline it in future posts! I went back and forth trying to decide if I should post about this issue or not, but in the end I decided it was worth it because some of you may be facing similar issues in your own health journey. Above all else, I want Daily Bites to be a place of motivation, encouragement, and education. So I figured that if I share about what I’m doing and how I’m tackling these issues, you can learn right along with me!
In future posts, I’ll be outlining:
- What I’m eating (and not eating…)
- What I’m doing for digestive support and sleep support
- How I’m addressing the emotional side of this whole picture
- What struggles I’m facing, both physically and emotionally
To help get the ball rolling, I thought it would be easiest to share a quick “intro” video about all of this. I hope to do some v-logging through this process to keep you updated on how it’s going.
I’ll be back soon with more updates. Thanks for hanging in there with me!
(And don’t forget about the pudding. It’s amazing and you don’t want to miss it.)